Sunderland star now identifies main problem to his poor performance

While on international duty with Ukraine, the new Black Cats signing has spoken out about his move.

Nazariy Rusyn claimed that his first few months in the North East were difficult, and that playing for Sunderland was like being on a “different planet” from anything he’d ever experienced.

After a lengthy chase, the Ukrainian forward joined the Black Cats from Zorya Lugansk on deadline day and has made only four substitute appearances for his new club, totaling less than half an hour of activity


Sunderland's Nazariy Rusyn pictured in action against Cardiff City


Rusyn’s lack of game time is predictable considering his inability to adjust to the English game, and Sunderland’s strong start to the season under Tony Mowbray has meant new acquisitions have had to wait patiently for a chance. And Rusyn, who is now on international duty with Ukraine, has revealed his first two months in red and whit

“I’ll say this – it’s like another planet,” he told the Ukrainian news outlet Tribuna. “It’s difficult for me because I don’t speak the language – this is the main issue.” Football players must communicate effectively.

“It’s difficult, but that’s okay; I’m getting used to it gradually.” Now that the family has moved, things will be much easier. I need time, and I understand that I’m not in a hurry, so I try to listen to the coach, do what he wants, and get used to it.”

Rusyn had an outstanding season with Ukrainian club Zorya Lugansk last season, scoring 13 goals and dishing out six assists, the most of which came from wide areas. And, aged 24, the agile forward is certain to improve, even if Championship football presents a different challenge than previous tests.


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